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The parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which is studied by Whitehead Institute Member Sebastian Lourido, divides in two in a manner that forms characteristic flower-like shapes called rosettes. In this image, the nucleus containing the DNA is stained in blue, while the periphery of the parasite is seen in orange. Image by Clare Harding/Whitehead Institute.


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Astronaut and Former Fellow Kate Rubins


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Diagram of how the control of the translation of mRNAs into proteins shifts as the egg becomes an the embryo

June 14, 2017

Elegant switch controls translation in transition from egg to embryo

The transition from an egg to a developing embryo is one of life’s most remarkable transformations. Now Whitehead Institute researchers have used fruit flies to decipher how one aspect—control of the translation of messenger RNAs (mRNAs) into proteins—shifts as the egg becomes an the embryo.  This type of switch could tell scientists more about how human cells work and embryos develop.


Whitehead Board Member Landon Clay


The Whitehead Institute community has lost Landon Clay, a true friend and an avid supporter of the Institute’s scientific mission and research

Whitehead Member David Sabatini


Whitehead Member David Sabatini awarded Dickson Prize in Medicine

The honor recognizes “an American biomedical researcher who has made significant, progressive contributions to medicine”.


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